Kyrie Irving made the United States national team, as expected, and will travel to Spain to compete in the FIBA World Cup.
Team USA announced the final roster in the early hours of Saturday morning. It included Irving and former Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose at point guard, but omitted another Rookie of the Year in Damian Lillard.
Irving totaled 29 points and 15 assists in Team USA’s three exhibition games, including Friday’s 112-86 victory against Puerto Rico. The roster cuts of Lillard, Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons and Kyle Korver were announced hours later.
USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo called this “the most difficult selection process we’ve gone through” since he took control of the program in 2005.To read more or comment...
The Cavaliers announced the TV schedule for Fox Sports Ohio today.
Here is the team's news release:
As the official TV home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, FOX Sports Ohio is pleased to announce it will carry the maximum number (70) of Cavs games eligible for local broadcast during the 2014-15 regular season.
Of the Cavs complete 82-game schedule, FOX Sports Ohio will NOT be able to televise 12 games due to national television exclusivity rights. See the complete schedule of FOX Sports Ohio’s games below.To read more or comment...
The Cavaliers signed undrafted rookie center Alex Kirk on Monday. Kirk, the 7-foot, 245-pounder who played on the Cavs’ summer league team, averaged 10 points and 6.8 rebounds during three seasons at New Mexico.
He averaged 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds last season and was named to the Mountain West Conference’s defense team.
Kirk averaged 5.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in five games with the Cavs’ summer league team. After trading Tyler Zeller and losing Spencer Hawes in free agency, the Cavs have spent the last few weeks shopping for another big.
The Cavs now have 14 players under contract, but that number is likely to continue fluctuating in the coming weeks.To read more or comment...
AKRON: LeBron James insists he’s home to stay.
“I don’t plan on going anywhere,” James said Friday night during the Welcome Home LeBron event at InfoCision Stadium. “I don’t have the energy to do it again.”
James structured his contract with the Cavs to allow him to again enter free agency after each of the next two seasons, but implied Friday that was a maneuver to take advantage of the league’s next television contract, when max salaries could increase dramatically.
“At the end of the day I’m a businessman as well,” James said, “and I know what’s going on in our league.”To read more or comment...